An exaggeration would be to say that it was horrible, but Lil Wayne’s new album, Tha Carter IV, was definitely not the rage of successful music that I expected. The album was released on August 29, 2011 through Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal Republic Records.
After listening to the first few songs, it was hard not to be utterly disappointed. The song “Intro” sounded like every other rap song. The deep hard base and the slow beats fading in and out was nothing surprising, in fact completely expected form a rap album. In “Blunt Blowin’” he rapped slower, so although it was easier to understand what he was singing, the lyrics didn’t mean anything to me.
I expected Lil Wayne to pull through with some new, more meaningful lyrics. He didn’t impress though, with the same lyrics about sex, drinks and weed. These kind of lyrics were fun and crazy at first, but its been done. If he wants to keep succeeding past other rappers, he needs to differentiate what he sings about.
Compared to his previous albums, Rebirth and I Am Not a Human Being, this album lacked diversity and had confusing internal messages.
What everyone loves about a song is the message it gives or what it is singing about. If you are going through a hard break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, your favorite song that month might tend to be a song where the singer is relating to your life.
I noticed that in Tha Carter IV, most of the songs contained meaningless rap.
Out of the entire album I enjoyed two of the songs that I think were extremely original from his previous songs and beats. These two songs were “How To Love” and “President Carter”.
“How To Love” had a soft, slow rap melody that even people who don’t usually enjoy rap might be fond of. It talks about a girl who had never experienced love before, and he wants to be the first one to show her ‘how to love’. This is the kind of meaningful lyrics I was hoping would spread throughout more of the album.
This is already one of the album’s bigger hits, so it seems to be pretty obvious what people are looking for from him.
I also enjoyed the song “President Carter,” strictly for its originality. I noticed that even hours after I had listened to it, I still had it stuck in my head. The beat and repetition of the name ‘President carter’ in the song is almost impossible not to be repeating yourself throughout the day after you listen to it, which is always a good thing for artists. The storyline was also entertaining. It makes you want to look up the music video and watch the storyline behind it.
As for the songs “Abortion,” “John,” “So Special,” “It’s Good,” “6 foot 7 foot,” etc, I really didn’t enjoy. I obviously set my expectations too high for the release of the new songs, because I was merely disappointed. The rap had no meaning, the beats were not catchy and not original enough from songs Lil Wayne has done in the past.
Enough with the sex, drinking and weed. We’ve been there, heard that. 6/10
Gaby Morillo / Staff Writer